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Seepay Fire Grows in Size and Cost

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Crews continue to battle the Seepay Fire burning west of Dixon as it wracks up acres and tax dollars.

Information officers say the fire is now at 1,050 acres and has cost nearly $1.6 million dollars.

Lightning sparked the fire on Salish Kootenai tribal lands on July 17, but remained quiet until last week when it took off in size and several state and federal crews came in to assist tribal resources.

Public Information Officer Bob MacGregor says the two biggest challenges are the difficult, dangerous terrain and quickly changing weather patterns.

"There's a lot of dead timber, lots of old timber, because it's a road-less area, the tribe has not harvested up there. So there's about 40 tons to acre which is a massive amount of wood," MacGregor said.

The fire is not threatening any structures.

Seepay Creek road remains closed from Highway 200 up.

Revais, Magpie and Vanderberg Creek roads are closed from the top over into Seepay.

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